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We found 4 providers with an interest in anxiety and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Virginia Beach, VA.

Dr. William L Mulligan, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
1604 Hilltop West Executive Center; Suite 318
Virginia Beach, VA
 

Dr. William Mulligan practices psychology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mulligan include dialectical behavior therapy, men's health issues, and sleep disorders. Dr. Mulligan takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Optima Health, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Rosemary A Thompson
Specializes in Psychology, Counseling
Phoenix Mental Health Services; Llc
Virginia Beach, VA
 

Ms. Rosemary Thompson works as a psychologist and counselor in Virginia Beach, VA. Her areas of expertise include alcohol abuse, body dysmorphic disorder, and child abuse. She honors Magellan Health Services, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Ms. Thompson's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. James F Lassiter, PhD
Specializes in Family Therapy, Child Psychology
228 N Lynnhaven Road; Suite 107
Virginia Beach, VA
 

Dr. James Lassiter specializes in family therapy and child psychology. These areas are among his clinical interests: crisis intervention, depression, and psychopharmacology. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Optima Health, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lassiter welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Annie Lane Phillips, PhD
Specializes in Counseling
Oceanfront
Virginia Beach, VA
 

Dr. Annie Phillips works as a counselor. Areas of expertise for Dr. Phillips include depression, adjustment disorders, and phobias. She is in-network for Magellan Health Services, Blue Shield, and Anthem, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a generic name given to a variety of conditions characterized by unusual amounts of fear and worry, especially unrealistic fears and tension. People who suffer from anxiety often are aware that their fears are irrational, but that knowledge does not make the feeling of being scared and anxious go away. To qualify as anxiety, symptoms must last for 6 months or more and interfere with the way a person lives their daily life. Some cases may be mild, where, for example, a person simply avoids certain situations. Other cases can be severe enough to be disabling.

Some of the specific conditions covered under the general label of anxiety include:
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Phobias
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Social phobia
  • Panic disorder

Collectively, anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issues diagnosed in the United States -- even more common than depression. Women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with anxiety, and it is extremely common for a person with anxiety to have another illness at the same time, such as depression, a physical illness, or substance abuse.

Treatment for anxiety usually involves medication and psychotherapy together. Medications used may include antidepressants (which also work for anxiety), anti-anxiety medications, or beta blockers (which can be used to control the physical symptoms of anxiety). Psychotherapy can be useful to teach patients new ways of thinking and reacting so that they can manage their feelings of worry and fear. Support groups can also be very effective for anxiety, and they can be a form of treatment themselves for social phobias. Stress management, relaxation techniques, and meditation all help reduce feelings of anxiety or of being out of control. Finally, having a strong support network of family and friends is an excellent way to help manage the difficulties of life with anxiety.